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09/08/2015 19:13
Georgia put up good fight, eventually lost tie-break to Israel, happy with taking first historic point
2015 CEV Volleyball European League - Women

Tbilisi, Georgia, August 9, 2015. After cruising to a comfortable three-set win on Saturday, 24 hours later Israel had to fight for five sets before cashing their second victory over rookies Georgia (29-27, 21-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-10) on the second weekend of action for the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League – Women.

The match turned into a real drama and the hosts of Georgia got very close to claiming their very first victory in what is their debut season in the European League. After losing twice in three sets last week to Hungary, they still got something to celebrate as they took their first point for the standings of the group stage and this way they somehow made history for their country’s Volleyball family.

Israel comfortably imposed their rule only in the third set but other than that the match was a close affair. Georgia came back strong in the fourth stanza and Israel had a tough time in trying to resist to the assault of the home heroines anchored by youngster, 16-year old Ann Kalandadze who finished the match as the top scorer across both sides on 22 points. The home ladies probably felt the pressure in the tie-break and the emotions prevailed there, as they eventually lost 10-15. On the other hand, Galit Devash performed really well for Israel – she finished the game on 21 points, including many important ones she scored in the fifth set.  

Though they lost both of their matches, Georgia’s women got another boost of confidence and already look forward to next weekend where they will be hosting Poland’s national team in another opportunity to delight their fans and to gain valuable international experience on the way to the 2017 European Championship that their country will co-host together with Baku, Azerbaijan.

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